Nakasendo Trail 馬籠宿から妻籠宿まで (Magome to Tsumago section, Gifu/Nagano Prefecture)


Traverse a section of the ancient road between Tokyo and Kyoto.
Absorb the history of the stunning post towns (historic rest places) and beautiful waterfalls.

Bird Watching
Heritage Sites
Public Transport
Cycling Permitted
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

You can start the hike at either Tsumago or Magome. Easiest way is to drive there and park at the town. It is possible to get here via public transport, it is just that buses are very infrequent and would require immense planning and waiting around. I recommend driving if possible.

Parking is free but limited. Try to avoid peak hours and come in the morning to ensure a parking spot.  

Option public transport (done in 2022)

JR station Nakatsugawa: a few buses per day to Magome and back

JR station Nagiso: a few buses per day to Tsumago-Magome and back


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Route/Trail notes

Begin the hike by following signs towards Magome/Tsumago (Nakasendo). It should take you through the centre of town before you disappear into a lush forest. Continue following signs for Magome/Tsumago. There will be sections where you will walk on the road, but there are infrequent. Along the way there are tea houses and resturants if you need to rest. Some of the tea houses are free. Keep an eye out for signs towards a set of two waterfalls, they are stunning. Complete the hike when you arrive in the town over. The walk will take you between Gifu/Nagano prefectures. Once arrived in the opposing post town, I recommend taking the bus back to where you started to avoid backtracking. 

Just be warned there are only about four or five buses per day. Make sure you look at the time table and catch the right bus otherwise you will have to walk back. 


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